Ethical Hacking Degree (2022)

Course detail

Start Date

September

Duration

4 years

Award Title

BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code

GG45

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Ethical Hacking

Why study Abertay's Ethical Hacking Degree?

Demand for qualified ethical hackers and cyber security specialists is rising year on year. Study our Ethical Hacking degree and discover the fascinating field of cybersecurity.

How do hackers get into corporate security systems? How do they ‘steal’ computer data? Can you build the right defences and stop hackers in their tracks? Find out how on our Ethical Hacking degree course.

We are right at the forefront of cybersecurity, producing highly skilled, in-demand graduates. You’ll develop a practical and offensive approach, by deliberately breaking computer systems and building cybersecurity defences.

  • Understand the processes behind hacking and cyber attacks.
  • Work out how illegal hacks can be stopped.
  • Create real-life countermeasures and fixes.
  • Shut down security hacks quickly and professionally.
  • Document it and do it again!

The course combines computer networking, digital forensics and expert development as well as programming. You will learn how to protect data and information systems. Our Ethical Hacking degree gives you a deep understanding of cybercrime so you have the skills to stop hackers - fast.

Ethical Hacking BSc (Hons) - thebenefits are clear:

  • One of the leading cybersecurity courses in the UK.
  • The first Ethical Hacking degree in the world.
  • Accredited by the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
  • Great industry links and recruitment opportunities.
  • High employment rate on graduation.
  • Excellent starting salaries.

This course scoredan impressive 94% Overall Student Satisfaction ratingin the 2020 National Student Survey.

Abertayis widely regarded as THE place to come for high quality teaching. But don't take our word for it:

  • UK University of the Year for Teaching Quality (The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021).
  • Top 10 in the UK for Student Satisfaction with Teaching, Course and Feedback (Guardian University Guide 2021).
  • UK Top 10forStudent Satisfaction (National Student Survey 2020).

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These live online sessions will be hosted by our friendly academic staff, giving you the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about:

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What makes Abertay’s BSc (Hons) in Ethical Hacking unique?

Abertay students and staff talk about why they love the course and what makes it different from other cybersecurity degrees.

Securi-Tay

As an Abertay Ethical Hacking student, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in Securi-Tay. The largest information security conference in Scotland, Securi-Tay features talks and workshops from industry experts, giving you the chance to learn more about the latest industry developments and speak to recruiters from companies like Dell Secure Works, Goldman-Sachs, GCHQ, NCC Group, Firstbase Techies, Nettitude, Portcullis, MWR, NCR, Prudential. Securi-Tay is run by Abertay’s Ethical Hacking Society.

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The Hack Lab

As an Ethical Hacking student, you’ll have full access to Abertay’s custom-built Hack Lab. Every PC in the Hack Lab is isolated from the main university network, allowing you to experiment with all aspects of ethical hacking in a safe, controlled environment. You’ll be aggressively exploiting flaws in realistic websites and networks, so removing the ability to cripple the university network is crucial!

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About Your Modules

All modules shown are indicative and reflect course content for the current academic year. Modules are reviewed annually and may be subject to change. If you receive an offer to study with uswe will send you a Programme document that sets out exactly which modules you can expect to take as part of your Abertay University degree programme. Please seeTerms and Conditionsfor more information.

Modules

  • Year 1

  • Year 2

  • Year 3

  • Year 4

How the Course Works

How do hackers break into computer systems? Is it easy to breach a corporate network and steal secrets? What steps can organisations take to prevent attacks? These are just some of the questions the programme will answer.

Abertay students learn how to take a practical and offensive approach to cyber security by deliberately breaking systems and circumventing security defences.

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This degree arms you with the skills you need to:

  • Understand the process behind hacking attacks.
  • Develop appropriate countermeasures.
  • Gain the technical knowledge to undertake security audit testing on computer networks and systems.

Ultimately, our Ethical Hacking degree, which is accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, provides you with a deep understanding of how illegal computer attacks can be performed and how they can be stopped.

Learning and Assessment

You’ll learn through a blend of lectures, tutorials, practical work and reading. The majority of modules make use of online learning resources. Real world case studies of major attacks and data breaches are used provide the opportunity for critical analysis and evaluation in class.

During practical exercises, you’ll be expected to evaluate your own work to make sure that products are functional and fit for purpose.

Knowledge and skill are assessed through project work, reports, portfolios and practical assessments. Approximately 20% of the programme is assessed by examination.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the BCS,The Chartered Institute for IT.

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Abertay is a Crest academic partner. CREST builds trust in the digital world by raising professional standards and delivering measurable quality assurance for the global cybersecurity industry.

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Entry Requirements

Please note: All applicants must have a pass in Maths - National 5 grade C or GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent. National 5 Lifeskills Maths and Application of Maths NOT accepted in lieu of Maths.

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  • Entry to Year 2

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Qualification TypeGrade RequirementsEssential Subjects
Higher (standard entry)ABBBOne of the following: Computer Science, Maths, Human Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Geography, Physics or NPA in Cybersecurity
Higher (minimum entry) We may make you an offer at the minimum entry grades if you meet the criteria. Find out if you're eligible for minimum entry (see below).ABBOne of the following: Computer Science, Maths, Human Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Geography, Physics or NPA in Cybersecurity
A-LevelBCCOne of the following: Computer Science, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Design & Technology, Digital Technology, Engineering Science, Environmental Science, Geography, Physics
Irish HighersH2H3H3H3One of the following: Computer Science, Maths, Human Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Geography, Physics
International Baccalaureate29 PointsOne of the following: Computer Science, Maths, Human Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Geography, Physics or Analysis & Approach at S5 or H4
BTEC Extended DiplomaDMMCreative Media Production, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Engineering, IT
AHEAD-Successful completion of the relevant stream of our AHEAD programme
SWAPABBAccess to Physical Sciences, Access to Engineering
SQA HNC/HNDAOur Entry from College pages list approved HNC/HND courses
Qualification TypeGrade RequirementsEssential Subjects
Advanced HigherABB3 Higher subects at grade 4 to include Computer Science and one from Maths, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Design & Manufacture, Graphic Design, Engineering Science
A-LevelABBComputer Science and one from Maths, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Design & Manufacture, Graphic Design, Engineering Science
BTEC Extended DiplomaD*DDIT
International Baccalaureate34 PointsComputer Science and one from Maths:Analysis & Approach, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Design & Manufacture, Graphic Design, Engineering Science plus one other Higher
HNC/HNDAOur Entry from College pages list approved HNC/HND courses

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Support for Ukrainian students

We're keen to offer help to Ukrainian students who may wish to transfer from their existing institution in Ukraine or to register with us as new students for intake in September. There will be no tuition fees charged for the duration of the degree programme, as those with refugee status are treated as ‘Home/Scottish’ students and will also have access to the Student Awards Agency for Scotlandbursary and student loans. Our Recruitment Team can help guide applicants.

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If you have the potential and motivation to study at university, regardless of your background or personal circumstances, we welcome your application.

We understand some people have faced extra challenges before applying to university, which is why we consider the background in which your academic grades have been achieved when making an offer.

If you expect to receive passes in three Scottish Highers (grades A-C) and have either ...

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  • been in care
  • participated in a targeted aspiration-raising programme such as LIFT OFF, LEAPS, FOCUS West, or Aspire North
  • no family background of going to university
  • attended a school or lived in an area where not many people go to university

... we encourage you to submit an application.

Fees and funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you depends on factorssuch as your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying.

  • Undergraduate student fees- Scottish Students
  • Undergraduatestudent fees-UKStudents (outside Scotland)

More information

Find outabout grants, bursaries, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costsinourundergraduate fees and funding section.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships to help support your studies with us.

As well as Abertay scholarships for English, Welsh, Northern Irish and international students, there are a range of corporate and philanthropic scholarships available. Some are course specific, many are not. There are some listed below or you can visit the Undergraduate scholarship pages.

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Abertay RUK Scholarship: Games/Computing/Cyber

A scholarship for prospective undergraduate games, computing and cybersecurity students applying from England, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Abertay International Scholarship

This is an award of up to £12,000 for prospective international undergraduate students.

The Robert Reid Bursary

Two £1,000 awards for students who have overcome challenges to attend university.

Your Career

The worldwide shortage of cybersecurity specialists means that our graduates have little difficulty finding employment, with many Ethical Hacking students headhunted before graduation.

Our graduates work for Dell Secure Works, Goldman-Sachs, GCHQ, NCC Group, Firstbase Techies, Nettitude, Portcullis, MWR, NCR, Prudential and many other prominent organisations.

A lot of our graduates become security testers, but some prefer working in defensive roles in areas such as network management and software development. Others set up their own ethical hacking consultancy businesses.

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Colin McLean, Programme Leader

In 2005, Colin developed the idea for the BSc (Hons) in Ethical Hacking at Abertay. As the programme leader, Colin manages the day-to-day running of the programme and is there to help you if you have any issues while studying at Abertay. Watch Colin demonstrate a ransomware attack.

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Meet some of our Ethical Hacking graduates and find out what they've gone on to do.

Dan Mosca

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Grant Douglas

One of the top iOS Apple iPhone security workers at Synopsys

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Ciaran Gallagher

Ciaran travels all over the world as a Technical Consultant at Appirio.

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FAQs

Is studying ethical hacking hard? ›

Becoming an ethical hacker is simple but not easy. There are various things you have to learn with a programming language and tools to help you in the field. In addition, hacking is ever-changing, and you need to keep up with the trends and tools being used.

Which degree is best to become an ethical hacker? ›

Most ethical hacking jobs require at least a bachelor's degree in computer engineering, or a related field. Coursework can be substituted for sufficient experience in some cases.

Can I do ethical hacking without a degree? ›

You will not necessarily need a degree to become an Ethical Hacker. However, you will need extensive experience with computer systems, and there are a number of Cyber Security Certification Programme,here.

Is studying hacking easy? ›

The short answer: almost anyone can learn to hack. The longer answer is that it's a good fit for people with specific backgrounds and personality types. People who have some knowledge of computer programming and a baseline vocabulary to draw on would thrive in these learning environments.

Is CEH exam tough? ›

Is the CEH Exam Hard? To begin with, nothing comes easy, however, nothing is impossible. Therefore when it comes to the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) exam, all you need is the right resources and a guide to practice. With the right study material and your efforts, you are able to crack this examination.

Is ethical hacking an easy job? ›

Becoming an ethical hacker isn't an easy task to accomplish -- it requires lots of knowledge, especially when it comes to computer system security, and lots of experience to have a shot at an ethical hacking job.

How much do ethical hackers make UK? ›

The average hacker salary in the United Kingdom is £47,500 per year or £24.36 per hour. Entry level positions start at £35,750 per year while most experienced workers make up to £70,000 per year.

What should I study if I want to be a hacker? ›

Any course which gives knowledge of computer languages, software and programming can help to become an ethical hacker. BCA, B. Tech computer science are the preferred courses. Many institutes also offer short term (6 months ethical hacking courses) to master the skills of hacking.

What is the average salary of an ethical hacker? ›

Ethical Hacker Salaries
Job TitleSalary
Tata Consultancy Services Ethical Hacker salaries - 5 salaries reported₹6,11,094/yr
DONE by NONE Ethical Hacker salaries - 2 salaries reported₹64,311/mo
Global Institute of Cyber Security & Ethical Hacking Ethical Hacker salaries - 2 salaries reported₹60,987/mo
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How long does it take to learn ethical hacking? ›

It can take anywhere between 18 months to six years to fully develop your ethical hacking skills. If you are starting with no relevant hacking or coding skills, it will likely take you longer. However, if you already know how to code, you can complete the CEH online training and test in as little as five days.

Is ethical hacking a good career? ›

A. Yes, it is a good career if you are interested in the ethical hacking and cybersecurity field but it requires a great knowledge of the whole IT field.

How long does it take to get a job in ethical hacking? ›

From there, you'll need to gain experience in the field by working with an organization or company that specializes in ethical hacking. Once you have the necessary experience, you can then apply for jobs as an ethical hacker. For those with more experience, it may only take a year or two to become an ethical hacker.

Is python required for ethical hacking? ›

Similarly, Python is brilliant for ethical hacking for the following reasons: Nifty python libraries like Pulsar, NAPALM, NetworkX etc make developing network tools a breeze. Ethical hackers generally develop small scripts and python being a scripting language provides amazing performance for small programs.

How many programming languages do hackers know? ›

What programming languages do ethical hackers use? PHP, C, C+, SQL, Python and Ruby are the basic programming languages that ethical hackers use.

What programming language do hackers use? ›

Web Hacking: Currently, JavaScript is one of the best programming languages for hacking web applications. Understanding JavaScript allows hackers to discover vulnerabilities and carry web exploitation since most of the applications on the web use JavaScript or its libraries.

What percentage of people pass CEH? ›

A CEH exam passing score can range from 60 percent to 85 percent depending on which exam form, or bank of questions, is administered for that specific exam.
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School NameProgramMore Info
UC BerkeleyBerkeley Cybersecurity Boot Campwebsite
St. Mary's University of MinnesotaCybersecurity Graduate Certificatewebsite
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Is CEH harder than security? ›

Test level difficulty: When it comes to the difficulty level of the exam, CEH is much more difficult in comparison to CompTIA security+. CEH focuses on advanced analytical testing as well as practical evaluation of candidates in penetration testing and ethical hacking.

Is CEH 2022 worth it? ›

The answer is a resounding “yes”! Earning your CEH certification can provide you with many benefits, such as high salaries, job security, and more. If you're looking to improve your cybersecurity skills and knowledge, then earning your CEH certification is the way to go.

Are ethical hackers happy? ›

The majority of ethical hackers find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

Is ethical hacking a good career in 2022? ›

Ethical hacking jobs are offering lucrative salaries to combat potential cyberattacks in 2022. The demand for ethical hackers is increasing owing to the constant technological innovations. There is a tremendous rise in ethical hacking jobs with lucrative salary packages.

Is learning ethical hacking worth it? ›

If you learn Ethical Hacking, your chances of securing a career in Cyber Security will increase, an industry which will be recruiting 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs globally by 2021. On top of it, the demand for Cyber Security professionals is more than the supply.

Is there a demand for ethical hackers? ›

One of the many high-demand positions within the cybersecurity career field is ethical hacking. Ethical hacking is the practice of detecting vulnerabilities in applications, systems or infrastructures to minimize the potential attack risk for organizations.

How much do pen testers get paid UK? ›

New jobs added in the last day. Jobs in Reed.co.uk, ranging from £55,000 to £59,250. Jobs that pay more than the average (£57,333).

Who is the highest paid ethical hacker? ›

Kevin Mitnick is the world's most famous, or rather No. 1 ethical hacker. Mitnick's Global Ghost Team holds a 100% success rate for penetrating any security system. He is regarded as a highly trusted security consultant today to governments globally and Fortune 500 companies.

Can a mechanical engineer become ethical hacker? ›

No, you cannot pursue master's in ethical hacking being a mechanical engineering student.

Can I become an ethical hacker with a computer science degree? ›

If you get a Bachelor's Degree in Cyber Security or Computer Science, you can start applying for ethical hacker positions. However, if you have a coding bootcamp or an online course certificate, you can gain additional training by applying for entry-level cyber security jobs.

Are ethical hackers paid well? ›

The average ethical hacking salary in India is INR 5.02 lakh per annum. Pay in this field can go up to INR 40 lakh per annum depending on your experience, skills, and other factors.

Who is the No 1 hacker in world? ›

Kevin Mitnick
Other namesThe Condor, The Darkside Hacker
OccupationInformation technology consultant Author
Organization(s)Mitnick Security Consulting Chief Hacking Officer at KnowBe4, Inc
Board member ofKnowBe4
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Who earns more hacker or developer? ›

HackerOne found that on average, top earning ethical hackers make up to 2.7 times the median salary of a software engineer in their respective home countries. Also, hackers in India are making as much as 16 times the median.

How long does it take to learn ethical hacking? ›

It can take anywhere between 18 months to six years to fully develop your ethical hacking skills. If you are starting with no relevant hacking or coding skills, it will likely take you longer. However, if you already know how to code, you can complete the CEH online training and test in as little as five days.

Does ethical hacking require math? ›

No, maths is not required to become an ethical hacker. While you may not require math in hacking, understanding some math is essential for understanding some advanced concepts like modern cryptography.

Why is ethical hacking difficult? ›

Ethical hacking is not hard, but it is a highly technical job. We must be an expert in Operating system, computer networking, and any programming language. Furthermore, we should be able to think like a malicious hacker whose code we wish to crack. It can be simple to understand hacking.

Is ethical hacking a good career? ›

A. Yes, it is a good career if you are interested in the ethical hacking and cybersecurity field but it requires a great knowledge of the whole IT field.

Can I learn hacking in 3 months? ›

The shortest time it takes to learn ethical hacking is three months, and the longest time it takes is two years. Scholars who want to do a master's degree in hacking can sometimes learn ethical hacking for more than two years.

How much does an ethical hacker make a year? ›

According to Payscale, the average compensation for a certified ethical hacker can range between $51,000 to $130,000 in the United States. The average yearly salary for most ethical hackers in the United States is roughly $82,000.

How many hours do Ethical Hackers Work? ›

An ethical hacker typically works 8-9 hours a day and 35-40 hours a week. Their work hours may increase amidst deadlines or security threats.

How much math do you need to know for cyber security? ›

Entry-level careers require at least high-school level math and algebra, and highly technical security jobs require even more advanced math. There are, however, few security-centric positions that require math at a level above what is expected of a student to achieve a Master of Science degree.

Does pen testing require math? ›

Being an effective penetration tester requires a lot of knowledge about computer systems and programming but it doesn't involve a lot of math.

Who is India's No 1 hacker? ›

1. Ankit Fadia. Ankit Fadia is one of the self-proclaimed ethical hackers who has been making head turns for a long time. He was interested in ethical hacking from a very young age.

Is it worth learning ethical hacking? ›

Learning ethical hacking is anytime beneficial. Make sure you understand the concepts thoroughly and put them in the right purpose. It has a great career scope for which you can earn pretty good. No doubt that you will be loaded with ample responsibility but it is equally true such a solution is worth it.

Is python required for ethical hacking? ›

Similarly, Python is brilliant for ethical hacking for the following reasons: Nifty python libraries like Pulsar, NAPALM, NetworkX etc make developing network tools a breeze. Ethical hackers generally develop small scripts and python being a scripting language provides amazing performance for small programs.

What do we study in ethical hacking? ›

Ethical hacking is the process where a professional hacker legally and deliberately tries to break into the computers and devices of an organisation. In doing so, ethical hackers can test the organisation's defences, highlighting any vulnerabilities in their systems and networks.

Are ethical hackers happy? ›

The majority of ethical hackers find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

Is ethical hacking a good career in 2022? ›

Ethical hacking jobs are offering lucrative salaries to combat potential cyberattacks in 2022. The demand for ethical hackers is increasing owing to the constant technological innovations. There is a tremendous rise in ethical hacking jobs with lucrative salary packages.

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